Chemeketa Courier

Chemeketa Soccer team wins title


By Tyler Ross

With a chip on the shoulder remaining from last year, the Chemeketa men’s soccer team went into the game against Puget Sound with one thing in mind: Win the South Region.

With a 1-O victory this past week, the Storm once again came away a big winner.

“It feels great to win it. I felt like we deserved it,” Alberto Gomez, the team’s goalkeeper, said.

With the win, the team earned a bye in the first round of the current playoffs. In addition, the Storm holds the league title and is one win away from being in the Final Four.



LGBTS now Queer Allies for Change


“We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.”

– Chemeketa Mission Statement

By Devin Swift

We all strive to make a change in the world, and that can start in the Chemeketa community.

That, at least, is the philosophy of the members of Queer Allies for Change.

The club, previously known as LGBTS (for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Straight), is attracting attention at Chemeketa by educating people about the issues that matter to its members.

“Our goal is to educate the community as well as have a LGBTS presence in the college and community,” Adam Bird, the president of Queer Allies for Change, said.



Fine art collection is part of Chemeketa’s Yamhill Center



By Bernie Knab

An art acquisition committee has been working for more than a year to select and purchase art for the new Chemeketa Yamhill campus.

The committee, composed of former and current Chemeketa faculty and staff as well as community volunteers, decided to focus on acquiring works created by Yamhill County artists. We believed that the new Chemeketa campus serves primarily the people of Yamhill County and that the art selected should celebrate the artists who live there and find the endless beauty and diversity of the region inspiring.

One of the delights experienced by the committee was watching the new building, a work of art itself, take shape and grow into a beautiful three-story green structure that impresses from the outside as well as in its spacious, high tech interior.



Chemeketa host career fair


By Eugene Heuberger

On Monday Nov. 7, Chemeketa hosted the 28th annual career and college fair.

The event, which was set in the Bldg. 7 gym, showcases regional secondary education opportunities and is designed to show a great deal of information about regional as well as area colleges, according to Adriana Figueroa, a Chemeketa student ambassador.

Marnie Grimmell, a counseling program associate from the Salem-Keizer School District, said, “We have 76 different colleges or programs signed up this year. New to us this year are some businesses offering educational experiences.”

According to Grimmell, the businesses offer education in the form of job training.



Taking Community Service International


By Ryan Peterson

Spring break isn’t for a few more months, but some students already have their plan.

Cecelia Monto, Chemeketa’s director of evening and weekend programs, is organizing the HUM140: International Community Service in Action class’s spring break trip to Nicaragua–and she already has three students who are interested in joining her again.

The students will be working with AMOS Health and Hope, the organization they worked with during spring break a year ago, to provide a week of health services in Nicaragua, the poorest country in Latin America.

Monto said, “This year we are working … to provide health information and treatment to the children of Nicaragua.”



Computer labs are plentiful at Chemeketa


By Carrie Ward

Whether you’re taking a class in the classroom or online, you should have no trouble finding a computer at Chemeketa’s Salem campus.

Students use computers for many reasons, from homework to tests and online classes. At Chemeketa, there are many places to find a computer to use.

David Mayer, a criminal justice major, said, “I hate having to bring my laptop to school, so it is nice to have computers on campus that I can use in between classes.”



The Crossroads Café is now Café 8


By Michael Podrybau

Have you been wondering what happened to that nice little nook of a coffee shop called Crossroads in the lower part of Bldg. 4?

It had to be closed because of safety issues.

According to Mavis Diaz, the manager of Northwest Innovations Inc., which operates the Chemeketa Food Court on campus, Crossroads was closed after spring term this year.

“Because of safety issues with the sprinkler system, Crossroads would either have to be closed or (given) a new remodel to bring it up to code,” Diaz said.



Get direct-deposit for your Financial Aid


By Elias Diaz

Batman and Robin aren’t the only heroes in Salem’s ‘Gotham’ anymore.

Capes, utility belts, and billionaire philanthropists aside, Chemeketa’s Business Services Department offers all of the bells and whistles that your personalized superhero would, but without the enigmatic – and often too revealing – costume.

For those of you who are fastidiously anticipating the arrival of your financial aid checks, wait no longer. Instead, why not ride the money train over to Business Services and sign up to have your financial aid bounty directly deposited into your bank account?



The Courier goes viral


By Carrie Ward

With society moving at such a fast pace, everyone needs to adapt. That includes the newspaper industry.

Every major newspaper in the nation has an online website that showcases its articles and pictures, from the Los Angeles Times to USA Today.

The Chemeketa Courier is not far behind.

According to co-managing editor Christian Maheux, the Courier now has an active Twitter account that was started this term.

Eugene Heuberger, one of the student editors for the Courier, recently took over the newspaper’s Twitter account.



The few the proud: Phi Theta Kappa


By Andrew McIntyre

The Phi Theta Kappa Chapter for Chemeketa needs more members to help make a bigger difference in the community.

But it’s also possible that a $75 admission fee is deterring membership.

Matt Rauch, the president of Chemeketa’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, said, “We need other students to become active so we can make an even bigger difference in our life, other students’ lives, and the lives of community members.”

At least some qualified students with a 3.25 or higher grade-point average are currently not joining Phi Theta Kappa because of the one-time admission fee.